In a surprising a move, Altria a strong proponent of the new tobacco control act , petitioned HHS to remove some panel members from the advisory committtee.
” .. the Appointees…have biases arising from their active and zealous participation as paid expert witnesses for plaintiffs in law suits against tobacco product maufacturers…”
” A stated opinon on a scientific matter does not necessarily mean that a member would have a closed mind on a particular issue..”
Several accomplished members of the national press disagree with HHS, please see Press Comments .
Altria and HHS comments appended hereto.
The public is encouraged to express its views by posting on the comments section below.
N. B. FDA has just made a secret request to OMB under the Paperwork Reduction Act.